Valentin Wirf ~ Woodcut

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Valentin Wirf (1907-1983)
Futuristic Cityscape
1959
Woodcut (8/10)
Signed 'Valentin Wirf -59'
Inscribed (verso) 'Växande Stad' 'Originalträsnitt med sju stockar av Valentin Wirf. Oxelösund' ('Growing City' 'Original woodcut in seven colours by Valentin Wirf. Oxelösund')
8 x 11 ins / 21 x 28 cms


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Additional Information

Frans Edward Valentin Wirf was born in Linköping on 3rd March 1907. He was a Swedish painter, illustrator and poet.

Wirf briefly attended Otte Sköld's Painting School (Otte Skölds Målarskola) in Stockholm where he studied under Åke Pernby. He took study trips to the Orkney Islands, the Faroe Islands and Iceland (1931); the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Portugal and Germany (1934). Wirf worked as an aircraft mechanic (1941-1952) while studying privately under Gerry Eckhardt and Jürgen von Konow (1948-1952).

Wirf first exhibited in Nyköping (1955). Other exhibitions include Sundsvall (1958), Oxelösund (1963). Group exhibitions include 'Nyköpingssalongen', Nyköping (1960); 'Sörmlandssalongen', Katrineholm (1962 and 1966); Linköping's cultural committee (1964) and Svenska Handelsbanken, Oxelösund (1965).

Wirf's paintings and woodcuts often offered futuristic visions - with titles such as 'Rymd Focus' (Space focus) and ‘Porten’ (The Gate) with handwritten poems on the reverse. Wirf also worked as a Commercial Illustrator supplying works to newspapers and publishers.

Valentin Wirf died in Vreta on 26th July 1983, aged 76.

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Otte Skölds Målarskola

Founded in October 1928 by Åke Pernby and Otte Sköld, the school (named Otte Sköld's Painting School / Otte Skölds Målarskola) was a preparatory art school for the Academy of Fine Arts (Konstakademien) - offering a two year education in painting and drawing. In 1932 Otte Sköld became a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts and Åke Pernby then took over the management - eventually running the school under his own name from 1949 until 1976.